International labour

The shortage of qualified labour is a reality for many companies in Denmark today. In the future it will continue to be one of the biggest challenges for Danish businesses.

Today there is an increasing number of international employees coming to Denmark to work. Global talents bring value, knowledge and growth to Danish companies. On this page, we will advise you on international recruiting, provide useful links and give you an overview of our regional partners, who can help your company with practical matters when recruiting internationally.

Why recruit internationally?

Numerous analyses show that international employees create value and growth that benefits not only Danish companies, but also the Danish society. With a shortage of qualified labour, international recruitment is worth considering for all companies regardless of size with ambitions to grow in the coming years:

  • Access to special skills and knowledge – When local talent is not enough. Specialised companies may need special skills and competencies, which are insufficiently available in the Danish workforce.
  • International insight and easier access to the global market – A boost to exports. International employees with knowledge of foreign markets, languages, culture and local conditions may lead to an enlarged international customer base and enhanced customer satisfaction.
  • Diversity as breeding ground for innovation and growth – New perspectives lead to new opportunities. Diversified teams often perform and innovate better than homogeneous teams.
  • An internationally oriented workplace – Increased attractiveness in Denmark and abroad. Danish and international talents are increasingly attracted towards building a career in an international working environment.

We advice you

We provide legal advice on rules pertaining to foreign workers employed in Denmark or workers in foreign countries, e.g. legal advice on residence and permission to work in Denmark.

Legal advisory services

See also

Advice and help to create growth through diversity from Business House Copenhagen

Inspiration and hands-on tools to diversity management from The Association New Dane

Welcoming international employees

The first meeting with Denmark and the new workforce

Experience shows that it is a good idea to use mentors already in the recruitment process. Most often, the mentor is one of the company’s own employees who can answer questions of a technical but in many cases also more private nature. Consider if it would be relevant for the organisation as well as for the team that the new international employee joins.

International Citizen Service (ICS)

There are many practical matters to deal with when moving to a new country. The International Citizen Service (ICS) in Denmark provides a single access point to the various authori­ties and offers international employees personal assistance throughout the process. From CPR (personal identification number), work permit, health insurance and tax, to help with housing search and job-hunting for the accompanying partner, the ICS is here to help your new international employee settle in quick.

Retaining international employees

 

Experiences from a number of companies show that a decisive factor for whether an international employee chooses to stay in Denmark is whether he or she and the accompanying partner/family feel integrated at work as well as in Denmark. It is important that the company do its part to make the international employee settle well, not only in the company but also outside working hours.

There is a great variety of activities, initiatives, programs and networks tar­geted at international employees across Denmark.

Networking through Expat in Denmark

The largest nationwide network for international business professionals is Expat in Denmark. The network is hosted by the Confederation of Danish Industry and organises numerous social and professional events tailored for your international employees. The network offers information and news about living and working in Denmark, and offers your international employee a platform to share knowledge and experiences with like-minded.

It is worth while encour­aging your international employees to keep up with Expat in Denmark on Facebook to stay updated on latest events across the country and Expat in Denmark on Instagram to follow weekly takeovers from other internationals living and working in Denmark.

Follow other internationals living and working in Denmark

Weekly takeovers by expats living and working in Denmark on Expat in Denmark's Instagram page.

Image: Getty Images

Relevant links

When your new international employees are about to arrive in Denmark, they are bound to have a lot of questions about the life in Denmark, taxation, how to get a CPR number, housing, day care, schools and much more. Here is a list of useful links to help you help your new employee prepare for his or her new life in Denmark.

New to Denmark Life in Denmark Danish Taxation Work in Denmark International Citizen Service
Regional contacts
Contacts in the Capital Region of Denmark

Here you can find a contact person in the Capital Region of Denmark who can help you with all the practical matters when you are welcoming new international employees.

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Contacts in Region Zealand

Here you can find a contact person in Region Zealand who can help you with all the practical matters when you are welcoming new international employees.

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Contacts in the Region of Southern Denmark

Here you can find a contact person in Region of Southern Denmark who can help you with all the practical matters when you are welcoming new international employees.

Find a contact here
Contacts in Central Denmark Region

Here you can find a contact person in Central Denmark Region who can help you with all the practical matters when you are welcoming new international employees.

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Contacts in the North Denmark Region

Here you can find a contact person in the North Denmark Region who can help you with all the practical matters when you are welcoming new international employees.

Find a contact here

Linda Duncan Wendelboe

Head of DI Global Talent

  • Direct +45 3377 3906
  • Mobile +45 9398 8050
  • E-mail lidw@di.dk

Rikke Sophie Lassen

Adviser, DI Global Talent

  • Direct +45 3377 3652
  • Mobile +45 2870 9232
  • E-mail risl@di.dk

Virginie Morlet

Adviser, DI Global Talent

  • Direct +45 3377 3167
  • Mobile +45 5151 4404
  • E-mail vimo@di.dk
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